Garuda Air, the national flag carrier of Indonesia, has successfully flown by mixing palm oil in air fuel.
Chinese news agency Xinhua reported that this is the first time that Indonesia has successfully flown a passenger flight using palm oil. The plane carrying more than 100 passengers landed at Adi Somarmo International Airport, about 550 kilometers away from Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Banten Province.
Irfan Setiaputra, President and Director of Garuda Indonesia Air, said that commercial flights using palm oil as air fuel was a great success. He has also mentioned that this is a quick leap to reduce the import of mineral oil.
The alternative jet fuel is produced by Indonesia’s state-owned energy firm PT Pertamina, a blend of Hawaiian and palm oil. In 2021, Indonesia conducted its first test flight using the same type of fuel in an aircraft. Indonesia is the world’s largest producer of palm oil.